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PEBBLEBED INFORMATION
Pebblebed Vineyards Brochure 2012
Directions to Pebblebed Clyst St George Vineyard
A Harvest Report 2011
Pebblebed Partner Vineyards Information Pack
Devon vs Loire Competition results
Devon vs Loire Rose Competition - press release
harvest poster - please come and help us!
Pebblebed Carbon Labelling Report - Dec 07
Devon Vineyards Wine Trail

 

Welcome to Pebblebed

PEBBLEBED CELLAR CLOSED ON 

Friday 25th April  - Sorry Closed all evening for private event

and Saturday 2nd May 5:30 till 8pm 

 

PEBBLEBED TOPSHAM CELLAR NEW SUMMER OPENING HOURS - open Thur to Sat evenings and sat lunchtime

Spring special - 2 pizzas and bottle of pebblebed - £25!

Open  Thursday, Friday and Saturday evenings 5:30pm till 10pm and Saturday lunchtimes 11am till 2pm

Outside these hours we are happy to open for groups of 10 or more.

If you wish to purchase wine or gifts outside these hours do call and i can meet you at the cellar or winery - geoff@pebblebed.co.uk - 07814 788348

 

PEBBLEBED WINE FESTIVAL - 13th and 14th SEPTEMBER

We plan to hold our first Wine Festival in aid of Hospiscare Devon in September - we will have the best Devon wines - music and local crafts and plan to make a weekend of it with overnight camping at the farm.  Tickets will be limited and on sale from June - more info to follow!

 

PEBBLEBDED SPARKLING - Best in Devon and 13th Best in UK

Unlucky for some perhaps but up against all the best Sparkling wines in the UK - Pebblebed Sparkling came 13th out of more than 100 sparkling wines and the highest placed Devon Sparkling.  This is a good result considering we were up against all the top vineyards such as Nyetimber and Rigeview.  We were 2 places behind an old vintage of Camel Valleys sparkling which has a very good reputation internationally!  Of course for us we are pleased when we have good comments from local customers but its also great to have this as confirmation that we are producing top quality sparkling.   

 

IN THE VINEYARD

April has arrived and we have just about finished the vineyard work.  The main pruning is now finished and we are well tying down of the new shoots.  We will now go back through the 20,000 vines trimming up to ensure we have the right number of buds on each vine and to check ties etc.  Pruning sets the crop for the following year - its important to have the right number of buds to balance quality of grapes with quantity.  Over the next couple of months we will be replacing many of our wooden posts damaged by the storms last year.

We were very worried that the warm winter would result in ealy bud burst with the worry of a frost affecting the vines. The cold weather at the end of March has slowed things down but we still expect bud burst early April - so fingers crossed for no late frost!   Now looking forward to Easter and another "good vineyard year"!  

Tours start 1st May - see "book a vineyard tour" for times and dates and to book.

 

IN THE WINERY

The wonderful harvest from last year has been maturing well in the winery.  Following fermentation the wine has been blended and racked several times (drawing the wine from one tank to another to settle out any sediment).  As well as our usual sparklings, still rose and still white, we have made our Pinot Noir red in much larger quantities this year.    This has gone through a further malolactic fermentation which softens the wine - we are very pleased with intitial tastings.

Next we will be bottling the wines - in mid to late April.  The 2013 wines will be released in early Summer - Party time!

 

EXETER FOOD FESTIVAL 2014 - Friday 25th – Sunday 27th April 

We will once again have our Classic Van with Devon Sparkling and Bigbury Bay Oysters at Exeter Castle - Join us for what what we think is "the greatest food festival on earth"  lets party again! - 3 days and 3 nights of great fun, renewed friendship and of course great Devon food!

 

WINE DATING @ PEBBLEBED THURSDAY 1st May 7pm - CALLING ALL SINGLES!

Our Valentines eve singles wine tasting evening was a great success - I think!.  Its was a fun evening with a mixture of ages coming along.  So we will be holding further evenings - first Thursday of each month over the summer - whether you are a "fruity Pinot" or a "full bodied Merlot" come along for a very relaxed evening of wine tasting for singles - Please spread the word to all your single friends! - a very relaxed way to meet like minded people.  Tickets £20 to include wine tasting and tapas - please book online on our "buy wine and gifts" page.

 

PEBBLEBED SPARKLING ROSE @ MAGDALEN CHAPTER HOTEL EXETER

Magdalen Chapter is now recognised as one of Exeters best hotels -so we were delighted when they approached us to feature our Sparkling Rose on their wine list.  Its great to have our flagship Devon Sparkling served at these top establishments within a few miles of where it is grown and produced.  

 

PEBBLEBED SPARKLING ROSE @ GIDLEIGH PARK

We are now supplying Gidleigh Park with our flagship Sparkling Rose - voted recently the no.1 restaurant in England by the Sunday Times.  Gidleigh is home to 2 Michelin star celebrity Chef Michael Caines and a wonderful experience not to be missed.  As one would expect, the dining experience is matched with one of the finest cellars in the UK, holding over 1,300 bins under the expert guidance of Master Sommelier, Edouard Oger.  So its a priviledge to have Pebblebed in the Cellars.

 

HARVEST 2013 - Nov 2013 - all finished - a very good year!

45 tonnes of grapes - wow!

Well thats it - an amazing effort by all our helpers to bring in this huge harvest.  45 tonnes of grapes equates to about 40,000 bottles - last year we picked only 4 tonnes due to the poor weather - our previous best year was 2010 when we picked about 20 tonnes.

We could not have done this without the wonderful support and help from all over our community.  In total we must have had about 500 people help us pick the grapes over the four week harvest period.

The grapes have all been pressed in our Clyst St George Winery and are in various stages of wine production from cold juice awaiting yeast addition to our pinot noir red, harvested in late September, which has gone through fermentation and is already tasting promising!

The wines will go through different wine making stages over the winter period and as it warms up in Spring we will look to bottle our still wines - our fruity dry white - our classic rose and we are very excited about our reds which due to good reviews we are for the first time making in much larger quantities.  Our Sparkling wines will then go through a stage of second fermentation in bottle (classic Champagne Method) and will spend a futher 1 to 2 years resting "on lees" in our cellars before disgorging and release.

 

Time to light the fire and celebrate - a very good Devon Vineyard Year!

Thanks and best wishes 

Geoff

 

 

HOSPISCARE DEVON VINEYARD OPEN DAY - SUNDAY 8TH SEPTEMBER 10 TILL 4

Fab day - £2500 to Hospiscare Devon despite not the best weather.  Thanks to everybody who came along and made the day so enjoyable.   

 

IN THE VINEYARD -  harvest all finished - next - pruning mid December to mid March

IN THE WINERY - All going well - tanks all bubbling away as the fermentation process gets under way - lovely smell!  all very exciting.


 

Vineyard and Winery Tours

Tours will start again on 1st May running on Thursday evenings and saturday mornings and afternoons - please go to our tours page for more info and to book.

 

Exeter Food Festival   -What a fab weekend - we had our old french van serving Devons finest Fizz and Bigbury Bay had their usual beautiful oysters.  This is our eighth year at the festival and it was great to see lots of old friends and meet many new ones - thanks for tasting and drinking Pebblebed - a big thanks also to chef Michael Caines and the Festival Committee who pulled off another great festival!  - see you next year!

 

DECANTER MAGAZINE - ENGLISH SPARKLING TASTING - Decanter the world respected wine magazine recently held a tasting of the top English Sparkling wines and we are delighted that both our Sparkling White and Sparkling Rose have done very well - both being recommended by the magazine.  

 

GIFTS & PRESENTS! - WINE TASTING VOUCHERS 

Our wine tasting vouchers seem to be going very well as presents - available from £30 for two people - please click on the box to the left and down for more information. Vouchers are sent out with one of our information vineyard brochures by first class post. Alternatively pick up from the cellar.  

 

NEXT FOOD FESTIVAL EVENT -  Exeter Food Festival 2014 - cant wait!

 

FACEBOOK - NEW PAGE for vineyard, winery and cellar news and events please click here to go to the page and then "like" the page if you are on Facebook - thanks  

 

NEW WINERY COMPLETE - our new winery is now complete and the new wines are maturing nicely!- the winery is "Carbon Neutral" with water from our own borehole and non fossil fuel heating and electric.


PEBBLEBED 2012 WINES

We have now released our 2012 white and rose - Really pleased with both wines.

Also our sparkling wines are drinking very well! - according to Suzy Atkins (Telegraph wine correspondent).

 

DRAGONS DEN PROJECT - PEBBLEBED PARTNER VINEYARDS

New vineyard is coming on well - many of the vines are "out" of the vine tubes and the sown clover sword is now established.  Posts and wire are now completed - only 24 months until the first grapes!  If you are interested in joining inthis project please contact geoff@pebblebed.co.uk.

 

PEBBLEBEDS NEW WINERY - NATURAL WINE PRODUCTION!

We feel extremely lucky to have been able to acquire Marianne Pool Farm adjacent to our Clyst St George Vineyard. Wine tanks now stand in the old diary and the 2013 wines are maturing well.  - more information

 

International Vineyard "twinning" project

We are progressing an idea to have an informal connection with a traditional vineyard in each of the wine growing areas of the world - This has come out of having had visits and wine tastings from a number of tradtional wine makers from around the world over the last few years in our Topsham Cellar - the idea being our "friends of Pebblebed/club Vino" members will get a warm welcome when visiting abroad and vice versa!  Perhaps exchanging wines and having tastings of wines with a "story"!

We hope to explore this further over the next few months.

 

Introduction to Pebblebed

Pebblebed Vineyards are located near Topsham, Exeter in Devon in South West England. Our producing vineyards are managed in an environmentally sensitive way and our wines regularly win awards in national and regional competitions. We have a tasting cellar near the quay in Topsham which welcomes people to try Pebblebed wines and a range of Devon and imported wines and local tapas.  From the start we have very much enjoyed sharing our passion for growing grapes and making wine in Devon and we hope the information on the following pages is of interest.  Please do contact us if you need any further information.   contact


STOP PRESS! - Devon rose wines beat Loire wines in competition - Pebblebed comes joint top! Full details under Pebblebed information -look left and down.

The Wine Pantry in Borough Market in London is kindly stocking our wines - fantastic spot to sample some of the best English wines!

Our Sparkling Rose was featured on Market Kitchen TV program recommended by Chef Michael Caines. Also recommended in the Sunday Times Style Magazine wine column.


HEN PARTIES/MOTHERS DAY/ WEDDING GIFTS/ BIRTHDAYS/ RETIREMENT PRESENTS - SPECIAL EVENTS - WINE TASTING VOUCHERS/ ADOPT A VINE OR ROW AND OTHER GIFTS  - Please see our "buy wine and gifts" page for some interesting ideas including wine tasting vouchers £40 and "adopt a vine" gift package from £55


Pebblebed Vineyards

Pebblebed Vineyards today  have established vineyards at two sites in East Devon close to Exeter.  The vineyards are managed in accordance with strong environmental principles.  We have recently planted our Partner Vineyards at Clyst st George.




Pebblebed Wines

Please see our wines page - 



Pebblebed Tasting Cellar

For opening times of our Topsham Tasting Cellar please see our Cellar page.  

The Cellar is a great place to come for a relaxed drink, local tapas and wine tasting.  Our vineyard tasting cellar is located in an old warehouse on the riverside near the Quay in Topsham - see location map on Cellar page.



Pebblebed Gift Packages

Adopt a Vine - A great present for birthdays, christmas, weddings, anniversaries, fathers/mothers day etc - the package includes name tag on individual wines, presentation bottle of wine, special vineyard tour and wine tasting and Friends of Pebblebed Membership - from £55.

Adopt a Row - For a special gift to the wine enthusiast Pebblebed can offer a fantastic gift package including a half case of wine (6 bottles) and vineyard tour and tasting for 4 people - from £175.

Vineyard Tour and Wine Tasting Gift Vouchers - from £30. 


 For full details of our gifts please email Geoff contact or drop into the Topsham Cellar one evening, or please see "buy wine and gifts" to purchase on line. 




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